Brecksville -- The National Park Service has announced that repair work on the Brandywine Gorge Trail bridge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park has reopened for visitor use.
The bridge provides safe crossing over Brandywine Creek for hikers on the Brandywine Gorge Trail, which starts at Brandywine Falls in Sagamore Hills.
The bridge had been unavailable for public use since 2012, when it was damaged by high water. The $86,000 project was funded by the National Park Service's Repair-Rehabilitation Program.
The work included construction of an interior concrete pier, replacement of damaged bridge members, lifting of two sections of the bridge onto the pier and abutment to complete the connections, placement of scour protection for the new pier and bank stabilization along Brandywine Creek through that area.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational and natural activities in one setting. It generates more than 2.3 million visits and an economic impact of $203 million annually. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.